Stokvel women robbed of more than R130 000 outside Diepsloot bank

2015-12-08 20:26
Nielen de Klerk, News24

Nielen de Klerk, News24

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Durban – A 57-year-old woman and three others were allegedly robbed of an amount of R137 438 soon after a cash withdrawal was made from a Standard Bank at the Diepsloot Mall, north of Johannesburg.

"It is said that [after] having made the cash withdrawal, the women placed the money in a Shoprite plastic bag and boarded a taxi near the mall exit.

"Soon thereafter, a gun-toting suspect alighted from an unknown car that had stopped next to the taxi that the victims [were in]," police spokesperson Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said.

"The suspect reportedly pointed a handgun at one of the victims. He stole the cash without firing any shots.

"The suspects dashed back into the same car. He fled the scene with another occupant who had remained behind. No arrests were made."

The police were investigating a case of armed robbery.

Mavimbela said police had partnered with a stokvel association to create awareness on how money should be shared.

"We met with the local bank managers and made a plea that stokvel clients must be discouraged from making huge cash withdrawals. It is baffling that our pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

"We would like to remind the stokvel participants that huge cash withdrawals should not be an option when savings have to be shared.

"Rather work out your calculations before visiting the bank. Request the bank to transfer money into each individual's bank account as agreed by all the stokvel participants," he added. 

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